With 12 million cancer survivors across the United States, some of the breaking news from the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Orlando, Florida, concerned the development of survivor care plans. These are designed to help cancer survivors and their doctors be vigilant about the late side effects from past cancer treatments, early signs of second cancers, and on-going psychological and financial needs. Traditionally, cancer doctors and patients focused on beating the cancer. Now, there is an additional focus on enhancing the quality of long-term survivorship.
In this interview, Dr. James Metz, Editor-In-Chief of Penn Medicine's prestigious, Oncolink.org, a cancer information website joins Andrew to discuss the new resources for survivors. He describes a new partnership with the Lance Armstrong Foundation and how, together, they have unveiled a tool to help cancer survivors develop their own survivorship care plan, using an online service, in just six minutes.
James Metz, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania Health SystemJames M. Metz, MD serves as Editor-in-Chief of Penn Medicine's OncoLink (www.oncolink.upenn.edu), the award winning Internet resource from the Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania that was founded in 1994. He leads OncoLink's mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals, and the general public find accurate cancer-related information online. He specializes in the use of... more >